Carlos Alcaraz, by winning the US Open 2022 at the age of 19, his first title in a Grand Slam tournament, took the place of world No.1, after a fortnight in New York which confirms the advent of a new order in men’s tennis.
Alcaraz becomes the youngest player to reach the top of the ATP since the rankings were created in 1973, a feat he owes to his victory in the final over the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
Aged 23, Ruud took 2nd place by gaining five positions, a leap in the form of a warning for his opponents: reputed to be at ease on clay, he has asserted himself on hard court this season and could have become N.1 if he had won Sunday at Flushing Meadows.
Rafael Nadal, eliminated in the round of 16 of the US Open by the American Frances Tiafoe, however retains his third place, just ahead of the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost his crown after his elimination at the same stage of the event by Australian Nick Kyrgios.
Novak Djokovic, 35, is in 7th place (-1) but he was not there to play for the title. And, more generally, his rank in the hierarchy has been distorted this season: the Serb was indeed unable to defend his title in Australia or his points from the US Open final for having refused to be vaccinated against Covid. , while his coronation at Wimbledon (21st Major, one length from Nadal’s record) counted for butter in the standings since no points were distributed there.
The explosive Tiafoe, 24, and the volcanic Nick Kyrgios, 27, (finalist at Wimbledon and quarter-finalist in New York), join the Top 20, respectively in 19th and 20th places.
Russian Karen Khachanov, beaten in the quarterfinals by Casper Ruud, climbs 13 places to climb to 18th, after leaving the Top 30 this season for the first time since 2018.
ATP ranking after the matches played on Monday:
1. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 6740 pts (+3)
2. Casper Ruud (NOR) 5850 (+5)
3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5810
4. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5065 (-3)
5. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5040 (-3)
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4810 (-1)
7. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3570 (-1)
8. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 3550 (+1)
9. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 3390 (+2)
10. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3355
11. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 3200 (+2)
12. Taylor Fritz (USA) 3055
13. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 2950 (-5)
14. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2510 (+1)
15. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2360 (-1)
16. Marin Cilic (CRO) 2345 (+1)
17. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2110 (-1)
18. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 1990 (+13)
19. Frances Tiafoe (USA) 1940 (+7)
20. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 1780 (+5)